Notes: Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California's largest redwood state park, was established on August 6, 1921 when Save the Redwoods League dedicated Colonel Raynal C. Bolling Memorial Grove near the confluence of Eel Creek and the South Fork of Eel River. League members donated $12,000 in memory of Colonel Bolling, the first high-ranking United States Army officer killed in combat during World War 1, to purchase the 0.1 mi2 (0.2 km2) grove from private interests.
Between 1926 and 1929, John D. Rockefeller Jr. donated $2,000,000 to Save the Redwoods League to purchase Dyerville Flat from the Pacific Lumber Company. In 1931, this 14.6 mi2 (37.8 km2) tract of old-growth redwood forest, since renamed Rockefeller Forest, became the core of Humboldt Redwoods State Park. By 1970, Humboldt Redwoods State Park had expanded to include 39 mi2 (101 km2) of forestland.
Today, Humboldt Redwoods State Park spans over 80 mi2 (209 km2) of terrain and contains almost 27 mi2 (69 km2) of old-growth redwood forest including Rockefeller Forest and the entire Bull Creek watershed. The park contains more than 180 mi (290 km) of hiking trails and receives more than 600,000 visitors annually.
Humboldt Redwoods State Park includes 5 former world's tallest trees (Dyerville Giant, Founders, Paradox, Rockefeller, and Stratosphere Giant), 19 of the 30 tallest trees on Earth (Aether's Arrow, Alice Rhodes, Apex, Harriett Weaver, Laurelin, Lone Fern, Mother and Daughter, Millennium, Minaret, Paradox, Paul Zinke, Pinnacle, Pipe Dream, Pyramid Giant, Randy Stoltmann, Rockefeller, Rocket Top, Stratosphere Giant, and Valentine), and 3 of the 30 largest coast redwoods (Bull Creek Giant, Giant Tree, and Pumpkin). The park contains 159 trees taller than 350 ft (106.68 m), 34 trees taller than 360 ft (109.73 m), 4 trees taller than 370 ft (112.78 m), 8 trees larger than 20,000 ft3 (566 m3), 2 trees larger than 25,000 ft3 (708 m3), and 1 tree larger than 30,000 ft3 (850 m3).
Humboldt Redwoods State Park is directly in the path of the August 12, 2045 total solar eclipse.
Humboldt Redwoods State Park includes 163 coast redwood groves:
Humboldt Redwoods State Park includes the following coast redwoods:
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Drive: Humboldt Redwoods State Park Visitor Center is located at 17119 California State Route 254 (Avenue of the Giants) in Weott, California 193 mi (311 km) north of San Francisco.
Northbound: From U.S. Highway 101, take Exit 656 Myers Flat. Turn right onto California State Route 254 (Avenue of the Giants) toward Burlington and drive north 4 miles (6.4 km) to the Humboldt Redwoods State Park Visitor Center which will be on your right.
Southbound: From U.S. Highway 101, take Exit 661 Weott. Turn right onto Newton Rd, left onto Lum St, and left again onto California State Route 254 (Avenue of the Giants). Drive south 1.9 m (3 km) to the Humboldt Redwoods State Park Visitor Center which will be on your left.
Photos: Pictures of Humboldt Redwoods State Park